After I told you about Kelli and I gifting the Singer Scholastic Sewing Machine to my great niece, I got lots of questions.
This one is from Sharon: “Why don’t you like your Bernina? I too have a Pfaff and a Bernina. The Pfaff has a small throat but sews beautifully. The Bernina has a larger throat so is easier to use for free motion quilting larger items but some features are frustrating for me.”
My Bernina is a 165E. I don’t like it. I did at first as it is capable of embroidery and for a short time in my life, I liked that…Now…no.
Now it is pretty much a dust collector…well, I do use it to fill bobbins for the quilting machine but that’s about it.
So why don’t I like it….
The thing is loud and clunky. I have taken it three separate times to a class or retreat. Each and every time I have been told by someone that “your machine sure it loud”…or “are you sure you oiled that..it’s loud”. Yep. I oiled in and yep it’s loud.
I was completely frustrated by thy supposed quarter inch foot that I paid big money to purchase. It is the foot with the guide along the side. I believed for a LONG time that it was 1/4″. It wasn’t. If I kept the fabric under the guide it was 1/4″…not inside the guide. (I wrote a whole blog post about that. Find it here) Yes I know there’s another foot I can buy that doesn’t have the guide but why? I don’t like the machine so why spend more money on it.
The other thing I just don’t like is that it is computerized. Every time I start up or make an adjustment, I machine has to do it’s computer thing and there’s always a delayed action before I start sewing. I don’t like it.
The machine doesn’t have power either. Yes, it goes but there is always a computerized hesitation. It is AWFUL for patching jeans. The needle lifts and prances and then won’t go in…(and yes I have the proper needle)…
Simply put I think I just don’t like computerized machines.
I’ve thought about selling it but it’s basically obsolete. The embroidery part takes a cartridge that is no longer the mode of having designs to embroider. That is all frustrating too. I bought it too early before the technology and ability to program with the computer was so easy as it is now. I can still do a few embroidery things so I continue to keep the machine…just in case. Since purchasing the machine I’ve learned that embroidery is a HUGE money pit too…there is always something that needs a credit card swiped to purchase. I never had everything that I “needed”.
I know I’ll never use the machine much-Kelli doesn’t like it either.
We’ll keep our eyes open. What we REALLY-REALLY-REALLY want is a Pfaff Grand Quilter just like my normal piecing machine…If you ever see one, let us know.
That..is the Bernina saga….As I was writing this I got a message from Kelli saying-Vintage Sewing Machine at Goodwill and it’s $1 day. I’m buying it for $1. I’ll keep you posted….